Re: Fave Quotes
- In a message dated 12/3/99 11:54:33 AM, achavez47@... writes:
>Lynn -- How long did it take to develop the characterI'm a standard setter? Gee! :-) I took a long time writing those first
>of Seregil? Did he come to you full-blown in a
>marvelous dream or was it years of thinking and
>refining him? He is so multi-dimensional and complex.
> I really do hold my own meager little characters to
>the "Seregil Standard"
two books, and it involved a lot of revising, backtracking, and pondering.
I think the core of him came to me in the beginning, the fleshing-out bits--
mannerisms, history, habits and morays, took shape along with the story. As I
set up a scene or piece of action, part of me was/is always asking "What
would Seregil (or any other given character) do here?" Maybe we should steal
an idea from the latest Christian fad and make up "WWSD" bracelets? ;-)
It's so hard to say exactly what the process is; I'm one of those "follow
your gut instinct" writers. The devil really is in the details. You write a
scene, then you or someone you trust reads it over and it strikes a sour
note. Could be you're forcing a character to act in an uncharacteristic
manner to suit the action. Or that you haven't set up the character to have
that reaction in the mind of the reader. Sometimes you have a scene all set
up in your mind and it just won't come-- because even though its neat-o keen,
it just doen't ring true. The bottom line is, get the first draft of a
chapter/scene/book/whatever down, then go over it again and again until it
really sings. Watch your characters for continuity and interest, card out
the overly tangled exposition, balance your tale with lots of variety of
delivery, and see if it's got legs.
- Hi again everyone
I look forward to meeting you everyday...that's a good
I was half asleep last night (oh, I'm reading a David
Eddings, just for your guys!!) anyway .. Thero came
"Can't you ever go somewhere without stealing
I re-read that line the other night and laughed out
loud. As I remember, I laughed outloud the first and
second time I read it to.....It's a keeper!
That and --
"Bilary's Ball, isn't there such a thing as modesty?"
"I never had much use for it myself."
HAHAHAHHAHAHA----that sums up Alec and Seregil to a
'T' for me...... :-)
Short Stories -- OK, I'm not a professional writer by
any means, but short stories are my speciality.
(Alas, they don't sell very well.) I don't know if
they are easier, just shorter. A really good short
story (You know a great writer like Saki) Now those
are works of art!! Every word is a gem. They must
pick plot elements carefully and know just how much to
let the reader figure out on their own. The story
must be defined and concise. (HA! That's where I get
into trouble!) :-) I love short stories with twists
on the end...like Saki's "The Window" for example or
one called "The Puppet Master" I forget who wrote that
HOWEVER -- Lynn, if you ever want to test out a short
story idea on us....do feel free!!! :-)
I could have a hell of a good time writing a short
story with Seregil and Alec.....but no fan-fiction
here, and my Morgan and Duran would get pissed at me
if I wasn't writing about them! Characters...they are
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